Gretna was known in the early 1900s for the boxing rings in some of its barrooms, where title fights were staged, fest spokesman says
While the Gretna Heritage Festival, to be held Oct. 4-6, is known for its music, with over 75 local and international acts, the 2013 edition of the festival will feature an added attraction.
"On Thursday evening, October 3rd, the Gretna Heritage Festival will be presenting 'Rumble on the River'. We'll actually be having boxing matches at our mainstage location," says Anthony Christiana, a spokesman for the fest.
Christiana says festival organizers decided to add boxing to the list of events to mark the city's Centennial.
"Gretna was well known in the early 1900s for some of the boxing rings and title fights that they had in downtown Gretna in some of the old barrooms," Christiana said.
The card of fights, featuring both male and female boxers, will be held the night before the Gretna Fest kicks off.